This And That
Sept. 28, 2003
Oregon State's 45 points was the most the Beavers have ever scored against Arizona State. The previous high was 31 points in a 33-31 loss in Tempe in 1977; the most OSU had scored in beating the Sun Devils was 30 in 1969's 30-7 win in Tempe and 1993's 30-14 win in Corvallis. The 28-point margin of victory was OSU's largest ever in the series, topping the 23 points in 1969.
OSU wide receiver James Newson caught 6 passes for 124 yards and 1 touchown; it was the 12th time in his career that Newson has exceeded 100 yards receiving and it was the 29th straight game in which he has caught a pass. Newson's touchdown reception was the 18th of his career, tying him for second place on OSU's all-time leader list with Robb Thomas (1985-88); he trails only Vern Burke (19 touchdowns receiving, 1962-63).
Oregon State tailback Steven Jackson had 26 carries for 105 yards and 1 touchdown; it was the 10th straight regular season game in which Jackson has rushed for at least 100 yards. It was the 15th 100-yard game of his career. With minus-2 yards receiving in the game, Jackson had 103 all-purpose yards; he moved into fourth place on OSU's all-time leader list in that category with 3,371 yards, moving past Billy Main (3,292 yards, 1967-69).
Oregon State cornerback Brandon Browner's 3 interceptions were a career high; that is one short of the school record of 4 interceptions set by Steve Brown against Stanford in 1971. Browner also deflected 4 passes for a total of 7 passes broken up, breaking the school record set by Dennis Weathersby against California in 2002.
With Arizona State ranked 24th in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll, Oregon State posted its first win over a ranked team since beating Notre Dame 41-19 in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl. Oregon State won its Pacific-10 opener for the first time since beating Southern California 31-21 in 2000.
With Saturday's win, OSU has won 7 straight games at Reser Stadium and 26 of its last 29 home games.
Saturday's crowd of 36,122 was the 20th consecutive sellout at Reser Stadium; the first game of the sellout streak was OSU's 31-21 win over eighth-ranked Southern California on Sept. 30, 2000.
Arizona State's defense had a season-high 14 tackles for lost yardage.
Arizona State safety Riccardo Stewart had his second interception of the season.
Arizona State safety Jason Shivers had 2 interceptions for the second time in his career; the first had been at Arizona in 2002.
Arizona State tailback Hakim Hill had 24 carries for 121 yards; those were both career highs, topping his 14 carries against Central Florida in 2002 and his 62 yards against Eastern Washington in 2002. Hill was the first Sun Devil to rush for over 100 yards in a game since Mike Williams carried 40 times for 162 yards at Arizona in 2002.
Saturday's high temperature of 99 degrees was the all-time record for Sept. 27 in Corvallis.